Google vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton to step down


Google HR head Eileen Naughton's exit follows those of co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google parent company Alphabet announced on Monday that its vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton will be stepping down.  Eileen saw the tech giant grow by more than 70,000 employees during her time with the tech giant which, in recent years, has been subject to a number of employee-led disruptions and public controversies by employee opposition.

Even though Eileen has stated that she will assist the company to find a replacement, adamant that her resignation is motivated by a desire to move closer to her family, sceptics will judge the announcement as one of many necessary at executive level after tensions between Google and its employees worsened.

In December, the company announced that its co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin would be stepping down from their respective roles as CEO and president of Alphabet. 

Two years ago, employees voiced their discomfort with the Dragonfly project, which was an Internet search engine prototype secretly designed to be compatible with China's state censorship provisions, raising serious ethical concerns. 

Google once fired four employees on the grounds they had violated data security policies, but it later emerged that they had been allegedly persecuted for trying to unionise staff. 

The dismissals of the quartet – dubbed the "Thanksgiving Four" on social media – deepened staff-management tensions, whereby one of the workers fired had been involved in the petition condemning Google for working with the US customs and border patrol agency, which has been involved in President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Google employees have also openly opposed the company pursuing contracts to put its technology to work for the US military.

There was also the worldwide walkout in which thousands of employees left office premises in protest of the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims. The widely reported protest happened after news broke that executives had received golden handshakes upon resigning in lieu of credible sexual misconduct allegations.

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